English literature




English Literature

Beauty Therapy NVQ

Subject leader

Mr Butler

Mr Mullen (KS5 Co-ordinator for English)

About the subject

The aim of the English Literature course is to encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of English Literature. The A-level English Literature specification aims to develop skills of analysis, critical writing and interpretation through the study of novels, poetry and drama.

Discussion is an important element of the course and, wherever possible, active participation in the learning situation is encouraged.

English Literature is a very popular subject at Degree level. ‘A’ level English Literature is a highly regarded academic subject and its skills are transferable to degrees in subjects such as History, Law and Media Studies. Students will receive a thorough and engaging grounding in English Literature and will develop a range of highly desirable academic skills.

English Literature is a popular and highly respected academic subject amongst employers and universities and its skills are transferable to a range of degrees in the humanities and the arts.

Year 12 Overview

(new Spec)

Year 13 Overview


AS Outline – Year 12 only

Component 1: Examination  (50% of total AS level):

Shakespeare: Richard III


Poetry pre-1900: The Merchant’s Tale by Geoffrey  Chaucer


Component 2: Examination   (50% of total AS level):

Drama post 1900: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Prose post- 1900: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

A2 Outline – Year 12 and Year 13

Component 1: Examination (40% of total A level):

Shakespeare: Richard III

Drama and Poetry pre-1900: The Merchant’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer and The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Component 2: Examination (40% of total A level).

Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area (Dracula by Bram Stoker and  The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter)

Component 3: Coursework   (20% of total A level)

Task 1: Close analysis of a piece of drama, poetry or prose post 1900 (A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams)

Task 2: comparison of 2 pieces of post 1900 poetry prose or drama (TBD)

Year 13 Overview

(Old  Spec)

Unit 3: Drama and Poetry Pre-1800

2 Hour Exam

Antony and Cleopatra  by William Shakespeare

The Wife of Bath’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford


Unit 4: Texts in Time Coursework (3 texts linked through  genre, theme and context).

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Selected poems by Robert Browning.

Exam board used for A Level or BTEC


AS: H072


Link to the specification from the exam board

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